MOUNT VERNON — Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities agencies in Knox and Licking counties were awarded one of seven “Strong Families, Safe Communities” grants from the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities and Ohio Mental Health and Addiction Services. The grant is for almost $171,000 and is money from Ohio’s Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act.
Its goal is to develop strategies to stabilize youth in crisis, from age 8 to 24, and develop long-term treatment plans that help children and their families live happy and healthy lives.
Announcement of the grant was made Monday at COTC’s Ariel Hall with Dr. John Martin, director of the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities, on hand to explain the significance of the grant.
Martin explained that guidelines for the grants were left vague to allow agencies to come up with innovative programs that will be watched and possibly used by other agencies around the state. A total of 38 applications were submitted.
Martin said they were pleased with the response to the grant program. “From the submissions we have received we have learned what types of service supports and training are most widely needed. We anticipate the selected projects will also identify best practices and models of care that can be duplicated to benefit all counties and all Ohioans.”
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